Wednesday, December 31, 2008

VIDEO: 1960s and 1970s Boots and Shoes

Hi all.

Here's a neat little video on 1960s and 1970s boots and shoes. If you want to go retro, here's a few hints.


Friday, December 26, 2008

VIDEO: Peggy Moffitt - Wild 1960s Fashion Ideas

Hi all,

I found this great video of Peggy Moffitt - the 1960s fashion icon! Enjoy.



Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Jackie Kennedy Style

Jackie Kennedy Style by Tatiana Sidorova

Although most of us would remember her for her exquisite style, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis always preferred to be remembered for her work in historic preservation. Through her efforts, as well as efforts of many people who joined her, she restored the White House to its current glory. Jackie Kennedy saved Grand Central Station in New York City, and persuaded many cities to value their monuments as worth saving. She taught us that one woman can make a difference.

According to Italian designer Valentino, Jackie Kennedy style was a mix of naturalness and sophistication, "an outdoorsy kind of beauty."

Jackie's style came from her life - east Hampton, the sea, horses; French tailoring of Hubert de Givenchy, her love for books and her family. But even when wearing the most expensive European designs, she managed to look simple, athletic and truly American.

Jackie knew always what worked best for her. She was not intimidated into wearing what others were wearing. Jackie insisted on sleeveless dresses when they were unheard of. She became one of the trend setters wearing trousers at a time when pantsuits were considered unacceptable.

Her mind, the main contributor to her style, remained always searching, active. She knew the right moment to put away her perfect suits and little white gloves.

The Jackie Kennedy style was not about her outfits or decorating her homes. It was more about the way she conducted her life. Jackie considered herself an aristocrat. She did not want to be known as the first lady, but as Mrs. Kennedy. Her understanding of aristocracy was specifically put by her as "courage, and after that, taste and responsibility - and endurance." Jackie certainly had these qualities more than anyone else.

With her perfect sense of style Jacqueline Kennedy did something no other first lady had ever done. She elevated the American style in the eyes of the whole world, and most importantly, in our own eyes. Knowing the power of symbols, she did it through style.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Rock Star Clothing!

Sartorial Style Or Rock Star Vintage by David Tymon

The clothes we wear say a lot about our personality and are influenced by many factors. These can include certain films, music or maybe even fashion trends. For some, it's all about the name, for others, achieving the right look is of utmost importance. Whatever your personal choice, vintage clothing may provide the answer.

If we consider the major trends and sub cultures that surround fashion, certain key 'looks' come to mind. For instance, one of the main trends at the moment is definitely the '80's inspired look with many major retailers bringing out their own versions. Another trend that has stood the test of time yet continues to be popular is the 'rock' look.

When we think of the eighties, one of the most powerful images conjured up is that of the 'power suit'. Popular with both men and women, these suits were wide shouldered affairs typically double breasted for men or 'Chanel' style for women. These suits defined the era and were seen in popular movies such as Wall Street and Baby Boom.

For those of you that have not seen these movies, it was a very specific look which took time and effort to get right. The wearer of such a suit wanted to create a potent image of power and status, after all the eighties became a time where a lot of money could be made if you had the know how.

A fitting starting place to help get this look for yourself of course must be with a vintage suit. Opt for a double breasted two or three piece suit and team it with a pinstriped shirt and if you feel like you want to look like a true eighties high flyer, don't forget your braces! However, it is possible to tone down the look by just taking certain pieces and integrating them into your own style.

Creating that 'rock star' look is a totally different affair where styles were not about power and elegance so much as it was emulating a favourite band. Leather jackets, jeans and boots or baseball shoes can all be used to get the look. For instance, a vintage leather bikers jacket gives a Marlon Brando in The Wild One feel or for the adventurous, how about a killer 1970's lizard skin jacket.

Of course, nothing complements a vintage leather jacket more than a pair of jeans. To ensure authenticity opt for a pair of vintage Levi jeans. Finish the look with a slim fitting vintage T-shirt and a pair of aviator shades and voila!

Again, do not be afraid to mix and match since the important thing to remember is that it doesn't really matter whether you prefer sartorial style or the rock star look, both can be found within the realms of vintage clothing. Any or indeed all of the key pieces can be integrated into your existing wardrobe to complement and add to your individual style.

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Carlos Santana Shoes?

Carlos by Carlos Santana Shoes by Matt Hellstrom

Whenever a discussion of the best guitar players of all times comes up, Carlos Santana's name is definitely mentioned. His album Abraxas was by far one of the best albums I have ever listened to. I remember when it came out back in 1970. It didn't hurt that I was young and rock n' roll was everything. Black Magic Woman and Oye Como Va still are on my fave list. And the psychedelic album cover was outrageous, sexy and every 14 year old boys dream. It was just too cool and innovative for words. Carlos was definitely ahead of his time.

So what would any self respectable classic guitar player do next? Release a hot and sexy line of shoes, of course!

I don't know if Carlos actually designed the shoes, but I do know one thing - they're hot! My wife loves them, especially some of the sandals and pumps. She says they are really classy, sophisticated, and sexy. All I know is they look great on her!

Carlos Santana and Brown Shoe Company have teamed up to create Carlos by Carlos Santana footwear. The shoes reflect the same passion and energy that is generated by Carlos Santana's music. They've come up with a line of shoes that contains boots, pumps, clogs, wedges, platforms and more that follow the latest trends and are made of the finest materials.

The Pounce is one style that hits all my wife's buttons. Definitely hot, but with a touch of class.

Here's a description of the Pounce.

Jump right on the wild style of the glorious Pounce dress pumps from Carlos by Carlos Santana. Boldly printed fabric upper in a slip on dress pump style with a rounded open toe and leather piping trim. Smooth lining, cushioned insole.

Carlos Santana Shoes - sexy, vibrant, and passionate!

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Nike in the 1960s and 1970s!

The History of Nike Sneakers by Roland Seay

Nike is a brand name synonymous to shoes. It's a household name that has accumulated billions in revenue since its humble beginnings. It's everybody favorite shoe company. Nike was founded in 1962, by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight in the trunk of Knight's car and was originally started as Blue Ribbon Sports. Nike emanated from two sources: Bill Bowerman's quest for lighter, more durable racing shoes for his University of Oregon runners, and Knight's search for a way to make a living without having to give up his love of athletics. The name 'Nike' was established in 1972 after the winged Greek goddess of victory.

Instead of a wing, Nike incorporated the "Swoosh". The "Swoosh" is well known all around the world, designed by Carolyn Davidson in 1971, for ONLY $35.00. Caroline Davidson was at that time, a student at Portland State University majoring in advertising. Meeting Phil Knight while he was teaching accounting classes, she started freelancing for his company. She designed the Swoosh and got paid $35. Together with the Swoosh, Nike is also known for its signature tagline- Just Do It that makes Nike stand out like no other company.

Bowerman was the coach for the track team of the University of Oregon where Phil Knight ran in 1959. Bowerman's desire for better quality running shoes clearly influenced Knight in his search for a marketing strategy. Spurred with this burning desire, the birth of one of the world's most influential and strongest brand began to take shape. It took a while for the name 'Nike' to sink in minds and hearts of shoe fans and sports enthusiasts as well as to establish the great name they have today.

Nike took formation while Knight took his MBA at Stanford in the early '60s with Frank Shallenberger. The semester-long project was to create a small business of your own and device a marketing plan with it. Converging Bowerman's attention to quality running shoes and the knowledge and awareness that high-quality/low cost products could be produced in Japan and shipped to the U.S. to be distributed, Knight finally found his market niche. However, Shallenberger thought the idea interesting, but felt it was nothing more than Knight's marketing ideas for the project, something that would not take off as a business jackpot.

By the late '70s, Blue Ribbon Sports officially became Nike and went from $10 million to $270 million in sales, and all from the back of a car. Many people complained about how Nikes were not made in the United States in the beginning of the 80s. The term 'Sweatshop' came about this time when people were mad of the way Nike shoes were made in Vietnam, China, and Indonesia where the people were paid in low wages and were subjected to very poor working conditions. This was a major public relations issue that led to the boycotting of Nike products worldwide, particularly in the US. Though that, this didn't stop people from purchasing Nike products and Nike continued to grow.

The turning point for the Nike Company came about in 1985 with the world's greatest basketball player-Michael Jordan came into play among Nike bigwigs. With Michael Jordan, Nike climbed new heights with the ever popular "Air Jordan" shoe along with the apparels. This made Nike known as a 'Fitness and Sport Revolution' Brand and was named by "Advertising Age" 1996 Marketer of the Year, citing the "ubiquitous swoosh...was more recognized and coveted by consumers than any other sports brand--arguably any brand" Nike is at the top of the charts thanks to Michael Jordan but may never admit to this. Thanks to the new found success through collaborations with Jordan, this lead to ne collaborations with famous athletes such as Bo Jackson, Andre Agassi, Charles Barkley, Deion Sanders, Ken Griffey, Scottie Pippen, Penny Hardaway, Jason Kidd, Barry Sanders, and many more.

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